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PRESS ADVISORY: Georgians Call for a Halt to Executions on the Eve of the 8th Execution in 2016

posted Nov 8, 2016, 9:00 AM by GFADP staff   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 11:35 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah ]

Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

PRESS ADVISORY- Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Media Contact: Kathryn Hamoudah 404-688-1202 (office) or 404-819-4233 (cell), khamoudah@schr.org            

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Georgians Call for a Halt to Executions on the Eve of the 8th Execution in 2016

ATLANTA, GA – To date, there have been 17 executions in 2016 across the US. Seven of the 17 have been carried out in Georgia. On November 15, 2016, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) will hold a press conference to call for a halt to executions in our state. The event will take place on the eve of what is scheduled to mark the 8th execution in Georgia in 2016.

Georgia is currently one of only four states in 2016 that is continuing to carry out executions even though both state and national death penalty trends have shown a significant downturn.  Georgia hasn’t sentenced anyone to death in over two years and prosecutors here are rarely seeking death sentences. However, Georgia’s execution numbers are surging upward.  2016 already marks the highest number of executions carried out than in any previous calendar year since executions resumed in 1976.  This onslaught of executions at a time when Georgia and the rest of the nation are moving away from the death penalty is an embarrassment to Georgians and a tragic reversal of progress towards respect for human rights.

 

Governor Deal has dedicated his tenure as governor to studying the criminal justice system and implementing measures that bring equity and fairness. The death penalty is the most extreme consequence of the criminal justice system. The system of capital punishment is broken beyond repair, and continues to be riddled with problems, including racial bias, inadequate legal resources and representation, exorbitant costs, failure to serve as a deterrent to violent crime, and the possibility of executing an innocent person.  Georgians from across the state are gathering to speak out against these profound injustices and implore Governor Deal to institute a moratorium on the death penalty, allowing for the study of its flaws and implementation of needed reforms.”

 

When:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 10:00 AM

Where:

Liberty Plaza, behind the State Capitol, 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334

Who:

Kayla Gissendaner, daughter of Kelly Gissendaner who was executed in September 2015

Prominent Faith Leaders

Civil Rights Leaders

Georgians from across the state


Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is the statewide coalition of concerned organizations and individuals working for greater fairness in Georgia's criminal justice system and an end to capital punishment.

 

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